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Charles Benjamin WENTWORTH

Regimental number1604
Place of birthLongwarry, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressDederang, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 9"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, G Wentworth, Dederang, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 December 1914
Place of enlistmentBright, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 7 August 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 27), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
48
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Elizabeth WENTWORTH
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Joined 6th Bn at Gallipoli, 7 May 1915.

Wounded in action, 7 August 1915 (no details recorded); to be posted as 'Wounded and missing'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2900603K, 1629 Corporal R. BAGULEY, 6th Bn, 19 April 1916: 'Informant states that casualty went out with a sniping party about the 2nd of August, and never returned. Informant thinks he may be a prisoner.'

Second statement, 1606 Pte J. WALFORD, D Company, 6th Bn (patient, Luna Park Hospital, Heliopolis), 15 January 1916: 'Was killed in the attack on the German Officer's trench, and was lying out on the parapet next morning. He was red headed; a big, quiet lad. His mates said "Winty" got killed. He was in the same reinforcments as myself.'

Court of Enquiry, held at Erquingham, France, 24 April 1916, declared fate to be 'Killed in Action, 7 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WENTWORTH Charles Benjamin
Red Cross File No 2900603K

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